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  1. Yoenis Cespedes had a private workout for the Marlins

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    Yoennis Cespedes

    The Marlins talk big about every free agent, but one guy they seem just as well-positioned to sign as anyone is Yoenis Cespedes, and as Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports, they had a private workout for the guy yesterday. “We had our top baseball people there,” [Marlins president David] Samson said. “They…

  2. Still no word from Wilson Ramos’ kidnappers

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    This is getting worrisome: Adam Kilgore reports that Wilson Ramos‘ family still hasn’t heard from the kidnappers. Now, as that expert we linked to yesterday suggested, it’s possible that they actually have been contacted and that everyone involved thinks it best to not let that information out, but man, this is not any less unsettling…

  3. Report: Jose Reyes “almost a done deal” for the Marlins

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    We knew that the Marlins met with Jose Reyes on Wednesday, but Jorge Sedano of 790 AM The Ticket in Miami tweeted last night that Reyes is “almost a done deal” in Miami. This would certainly be a major deal for the Marlins.  It would mean Hanley Ramirez would have to move, most likely to…

  4. Nolan Ryan: the Rangers are not interested in Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

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    A lot of people want to put Prince Fielder in a Texas Rangers jersey, but Nolan Ryan tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the Rangers are in the Mitch Moreland business: “We truly believe Mitch’s career is ahead of him,” said Ryan. “Making a seven-or-eight year deal for Fielder or Pujols is not something our…

  5. Pete Rose may be banned, but he advises A-Rod, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Pete Rose

    “Banned.”  You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means: Rose regularly attends games each season in Cincinnati and Philadelphia, two of the places where he played during his 23-year career, and is often introduced to players. “Then they end up texting me all the time,” Rose said. “I…

  6. Marlins to meet with Albert Pujols “within the next few days”

    Nov 10, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

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    Finally, some news to pass along concerning this offseason’s top free agent: Albert Pujols. According to MLB.com’s Matthew Leach, the 31-year-old first baseman is scheduled to meet with Marlins officials in Miami “within the next few days.” The meeting will probably be similar to the one that free agent shortstop Jose Reyes took part in…

  7. Josh Hamilton set to undergo MRI on groin

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    From columnist Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News comes word that Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his groin late Thursday night in Philadelphia. Hamilton was bothered by the groin injury throughout the 2011 postseason, batting just .271/.289/.414 in 76 plate appearances while homering only once. If Thursday night’s MRI reveals…

  8. More details emerge about the kidnapping of Wilson Ramos

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Nats catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped in Venezuela over 24 hours ago. His captors have yet to contact the Ramos family seeking a ransom and authorities are short on promising leads. But El Universal, a Venezuelan newspaper based in Caracas, has uncovered a few more details about what exactly took place on Wednesday evening in…

  9. Report: Phillies “really like” free agent Jonathan Papelbon

    Nov 10, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Despite previous reports, the Phillies never had a four-year, $44 million contract agreement in place with free agent closer Ryan Madson. The two sides are continuing to discuss terms and a deal could be struck eventually, but the Philadelphia front office apparently has a fall-back plan in case those talks with Madson completely fall apart. Here’s the…

  10. Why were the Pirates so quick to pounce on Rod Barajas?

    Nov 10, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Rod Barajas

    This is one of those signings that’s pretty easy to bash. The Pirates announced Thursday that they’re giving journeyman Rod Barajas a cool $4 million to take over as their starting catcher. The deal includes a $3.5 million option for 2013. It’ll be a career-best payday for the 36-year-old Barajas. He made $3.25 million while…

  11. Pat Burrell says his career is likely over

    Nov 10, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

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    We saw this coming two months ago, but now it seems pretty clear that Pat Burrell‘s career is over. He even sees it too: Pat Burrell says his baseball career is likely over because of a right foot injury that limited him in 2010 for the Giants. While Burrell acknowledged late in the year that he…

  12. Dontrelle Willis drawing a lot of interest for some reason

    Nov 10, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Jon Heyman tweet:  “hearing dontrelle willis is drawing lots of interest. nice story if he takes another step forward next yr.” I’m struggling to think of who is showing interest in Willis and why. Yes, Willis did take a step forward, but given how far back he had fallen over the previous several years that’s…

  13. Report: White Sox drawing interest in John Danks and Gavin Floyd

    Nov 10, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago White Sox

    The lack of quality starting pitchers available in free agency is pretty well documented, so it comes as no surprise that Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is hearing the White Sox are drawing trade interest in John Danks and Gavin Floyd. Danks, who turns 27 in April, went 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA and 135/46 K/BB ratio…

  14. Jimmy Rollins has interest from six teams

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Well, Jimmy Rollins‘ friend says he has interest from six teams. Jayson Stark says that the Phillies, Cardinals, Brewers, Braves and Giants are likely among those six. For the sixth one, I’m going to guess the 1947 St. Louis Browns. Which makes no sense because Vern Stevens is easily one of their best hitters, but…

  15. Must-click link: The Boston Red Sox sex abuse scandal

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The sports-related news has been terrible these past few days. Really, I can find a joke in a 20-car pileup, but this stuff has been awful and horrific and sad and I just want to crawl under the covers until it all goes away. But the thing about the Penn State story is that you…

  16. Kidnapping expert: Venezuelan authorities helpless in Ramos case, but risk to his life is low

    Nov 10, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    As we wait for any word or developments in the Wilson Ramos kidnapping, Wahingtonian magazine has a Q&A with Chris Voss, who is an expert on international kidnapping.  Of interest: Are the Venezuelan authorities up to the task of finding him? No. Kidnapping is a problem most effectively dealt with by civilian law enforcement—the police.…

  17. Stephen Drew underwent sports hernia surgery last month

    Nov 10, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew is still recovering from the severely fractured right ankle that he suffered back in late July. And now he has even more offseason rehab to look forward to. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Drew underwent surgery last month to fix a hernia. Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers told Piecoro that the…

  18. Manny Ramirez worked out for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks

    Nov 10, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Jayson Stark reports that Manny Ramirez had a workout in Florida a couple weeks ago for Japan’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. We knew he was interested in playing in Japan, so this is not a terribly big surprise. Likewise, you’ll not be shocked to hear that the workout “didn’t go well.”  I’m sure Manny still has…

  19. Baseball isn’t pretty in Taiwan either

    Nov 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

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    There is crime in Venezuela, but there is more overarching corruption in Taiwain. That according to this report in the Taiwan News, following up on the recent visit by the MLB All-Star team: Since pro-ball began in Taiwan in 1990, there have been five game-fixing scandals, four of them in the last seven years. With each…

  20. What can Major League Baseball do about ballplayer security in Venezuela?

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals have issued a joint statement regarding the Wilson Ramos kidnapping: “Our foremost concern is with Wilson Ramos and his family and our thoughts are with them at this time. Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations is working with the appropriate authorities on this matter. Both Major League Baseball…

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